Poetry pamphlet ECHOLOCATION is a poetic journey into single motherhood, infertility, the adoption process and more by a writer who has lived them all.
‘a beautiful and consistent book that packs a disproportionately large punch’ (Edward Ferrari, Sabotage Reviews).
‘Becky Cherriman’s ECHOLOCATION is a stridently assured body of work that negotiates the tethers binding mother and child. Infertility, fostering and single motherhood are encountered and marked by those elements of love that exist within the interstices of domestic spaces and everyday life: the remnant of smells and ghosts within the folds of a blanket, a child as its mother’s ‘first accurate mirror’. The improbability of existence is at the heart of the work; nothing is taken for granted, and motherhood is considered the beginning of an energized attentiveness. A powerful pamphlet that both enthrals and inspires, ECHOLOCATION is not to be missed.’ (Carolyn Jess-Cooke)
‘An impressive first pamphlet which does not succumb to mawkish sentimentality, ECHOLOCATION displays some startling and original imagery.’ (Michael Brown)
‘ …challenging, in its topics which include infertility, fostering and single motherhood, in its sharply-honed language, in its uncompromising approach.’ (Annie Hughes)
‘This pamphlet, beautifully produced by Mother’s Milk Books, is a delight. I read it in one sitting but will be going back to savour its imagery and crafting in the future.’ (Angela Topping)
‘I enjoy various kinds of poetry – but just occasionally, I read something that grips me from start to finish, cannot be put down, and will be read and re-read. ‘ECHOLOCATION‘ comes into the latter category. As a poet myself, I’m sick with envy that such marvellous stuff is possible…My only gripe with this is that I’d have liked it to be longer! A perfect jewel of a pamphlet. Book next, Ms Cherriman, please.’ (Cathy J. Bryant)
Interview at Advancing Poetry Blog – Caroline Davies
Echolocation was longlisted for the Saboteur Awards best poetry pamphlet 2016
The Best of our Blessings – a creative writing workshop about mothering and being mothered
If motherhood and/or mothering is a topic your group might be interested in exploring, email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about the workshop below. The session can be adapted to the needs of your organisation or school and will be available from 1st February 2016.
‘In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.’
– N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Experienced workshop leader and author of poetry pamphlet, ‘Echolocation’, Becky Cherriman invites you to discover your own imagery and explore what mothering means to you. This practical creative writing workshop is open to any mother or grown-up child who can write and who is prepared to engage with the theme. The session will take place within an open and supportive environment and there will be an opportunity for feedback on your writing.